Texas

Texas
6:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South

South Texas will likely be staying dry for the foreseeable future.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Good news and bad in the latest drought forecast from the federal government: The situation is expected to improve in the next few months east of Central Texas, but it’s expected stay bad and even get worse in parts of South Texas.

Read more
Fort Hood Shootings
2:35 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Judge Postpones Maj. Nidal Hasan's Request for 3-Month Trial Delay

Maj. Nidal Hasan's trial was further delayed today to allow the accused shooter time to gather evidence and paperwork for his trial.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

An expected decision on Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan's request for a three-month trial delay was further delayed today by military judge Col. Tara Osborn.

The AP reports the judge will delay her decision on Hasan's request until Tuesday, allowing him time to file  paperwork supporting the "defense of others" strategy that Hasan proposes. Maj. Hasan has chosen to defend himself rather than rely on counsel.

Texas
10:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Drought Could Bring Increased Wildfire Risk to Texas

Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are lengthening the fire season.
KUT News

Scientists say Texas could have a bigger wildfire problem this year as drought conditions persist.

Hotter temperatures and drier conditions are lengthening the fire season, leading to larger, more frequent wildfires.

Read more
Texas
6:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Delay for Decision on Hasan Trial Delay Request

Nidal Hasan
Bell County Sheriff's Office

We know more about how the accused Fort Hood shooter plans to defend himself at his court martial, but it’s not enough information for the judge.

And that is delaying jury selection.

Major Nidal Hasan says he will make the case that he opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009 because they were being deployed to Afghanistan, where he says they would be a threat to the Islamic Emirate and leaders of the Taliban.

Read more
Texas
3:15 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Country Troubadour Kevin Fowler Wants You to 'Take Care of Texas'

Kevin Fowler is the face of the new "Take Care of Texas" campaign.

Today the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife announced a new statewide public service campaign: “Take Care of Texas.”

The campaign featuring a jingle written and performed by Texas country music star Kevin Fowler. The tune stresses the importance of water and energy conservation, especially during this period of extended drought.

Read more
Texas
12:08 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Judge Overturns Ruling Reeling In Texas' Red Snapper Season

Texas' attorney general applauds a decision that overturned a proposed shortening of the state’s red snapper fishing season.
flickr.com/myfwcmedia

A federal district judge has overturned a federal emergency rule that would shorten the red snapper fishing season to as few as 12 days in Texas – down from a projected 22 days.

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger says that he is disappointed in the ruling. The federal decision that would have shortened the season was put in place to stop the overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Read more
Texas
11:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Roadcheck Program Looks to Get Unsafe Rigs Off the Road

Over the next three days more than 10,000 DPS troopers will ramp up their inspections of commercial vehicles like trucks and buses.
flickr.com/kasiaflickr

The Texas Department of Public Safety is part of a nationwide commercial vehicle inspection program going on this week.

The overall Roadcheck initiative will have specially trained troopers and investigators inspecting commercial vehicles for serious equipment violations involving brakes, tires, lights and drivers that aren’t in compliance with state and federal requirements.

Read more
Texas
10:57 am
Tue June 4, 2013

TCEQ Needs More Time to Examine LCRA Water Plan

The LCRA is operating under emergency drought relief. Under those orders, most downstream rice farmers did not receive Highland Lakes water for their crops in 2012 or 2013.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is taking more time to review the Lower Colorado River Authority’s water management plan. The additional evaluation could take about a year.

The water management plan directs how the LCRA uses lakes Travis and Buchanan to meet the needs of water users. The state wants to meet with stakeholders and collect more data before approving the new plan.

Read more
Fort Hood Shootings
11:38 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Accused Fort Hood Shooter Will Represent Himself

Major Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounded dozens in a shooting at Fort Hood in November 2009.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 will be allowed to represent himself at his trial.

The judge in the case, Col. Tara Osborn, ruled today that Major Nidal Hasan is both mentally and physically capable of acting in his own defense. His military lawyers will stay on the case, but will only act if Hasan asks for their help.

Read more
Texas
5:20 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Firefighters Killed In Houston Motel Blaze

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 5:53 pm

Four firefighters have been killed battling a five-alarm fire at a Houston motel. At least five others have been injured.

The Houston mayor's office confirmed the dead and injured after firefighters responded to the massive blaze at the Southwest Inn shortly after noon. The fire reportedly began at a restaurant and then "flames spread to the motel and were shooting from the roof before firefighters extinguished the blaze," The Associated Press reports.

Read more
Texas
6:54 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Former Round Rock Man Sentenced For Plotting To Kill Saudi Ambassador

A 2001 photo shows Manssor Arbab Arbabsiar in a mug shot. Arbabsiar has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 12:58 pm

Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in Texas for three decades, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

Last October, Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting to kill the ambassador. He also admitted to working with Iranian military officials on the plan.

Read more
2013 Legislative Session
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Redistricting: Battle Over Fair Maps at the Capitol, and in Court

Laura Rice, KUT News

The story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM.

The Texas Senate is holding a public hearing this morning on redistricting.

It’s a chance for people to tell lawmakers what they think about district maps drawn for state House, Senate and Congressional elections.

Read more
Texas
4:32 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Foster Care Bills Signed Into Law

The bills aim to allow some kids to refuse certain medications and give advocates more access to needed information.
Lizzie Chen, KUT News

Foster care children 16 and older could refuse psychotropic medication under a bill signed into law today by Gov. Rick Perry that more closely monitors the administration of those drugs to foster kids.

Another measure signed into law today will give court-appointed special advocates of foster kids online access to their case information.

Read more
Texas
4:25 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hasan May Be OK'd to Represent Himself

Nidal Hasan is trying to represent himself in his shooting trial.
courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Department

The man accused in the Fort Hood shooting wants to represent himself in his upcoming murder trial and the judge wants to be sure he’s able.

At today’s pretrial hearing, the judge ruled that Maj. Nidal Hasan is mentally competent to represent himself, but he wants to hear from a doctor that Hasan is physically able.

Read more
Texas
5:15 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Texas Child Welfare Agency Struggling to Keep Caseworkers

A report from the state auditor found that caseworkers in Child Protective Services were underpaid compared to their counterparts in Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas.
KUT News

The state’s child welfare agency is suffering from high employee turnover among caseworkers and is having trouble replacing them.

Read more
Texas
3:27 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Post-Conviction Appeals

In a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a case that will allow those convicted of crimes to appeal on the basis of inadequate defense
flickr.com/fisherfotos

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a case that could help people already convicted of crimes appeal their convictions in federal court.

Read more
Texas
9:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

19th Century Windmill Company Seeks 21st Century Customers

The San Angelo company still builds windmills from a 1933 design.
Mark Dewey

Windmill farms that generate electric power are now a familiar site across west Texas. But before the giant turbines took over, their little cousins ruled the plains. Small windmills pumped water to settlers, pioneers, and ranchers in the Lone Star state. The biggest windmill company, Aermotor, started in Chicago in the 1800s, and now pumps out windmills from its San Angelo headquarters and factory.

Read more
Texas
7:05 am
Tue May 28, 2013

From Texas To Great Lakes, Severe Weather Due Again

Tuesday's weather is expected to be bad from Texas up into the nation's midsection and across to the Great Lakes.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:07 am

The warnings aren't as ominous as they were eight days ago in the hours leading up to the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., but the National Weather Service is predicting "another round of severe weather for the Central United States on Tuesday."

Read more
2013 Legislative Session
4:27 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Legislature Debates Drones, Guns and Money as Special Session Looms

Lawmakers are gearing up for a likely special session, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to squeeze as many bills as they can out of the regular session.

But as the Sine Die bell nearly tolls, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has gone as far to personally ask the state’s highest executive for a special session.

Read more
Texas
3:17 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Sergeant Major of the Army Comes to Texas for Memorial Day

Sergeant Major of the Army Ramond F. Chandler III at the Memorial Day ceremony in Georgetown, Tex. Monday morning.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Over a thousand Central Texans gathered on Monday to honor local men and women who lost their lives in service to the U.S. at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial in the Sun City Community Center.

At the memorial, the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division Band played for residents and veterans, with Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III attending the ceremony as a special guest.

Read more

Pages